SOPHIA Gibson made headlines after she was rushed to hospital suffering an epileptic seizure.
Her parents Darren and Danielle believe cannabis oil relieves her symptoms. Here’s what we know…
Who is Sophia Gibson and what form of epilepsy does she have?
Sophia Gibson, from Newtornards in Northern Ireland suffers from Dravet syndrome.
The condition is an extreme form of epilepsy.
She was rushed to hospital and placed in an induced coma on July 10, after suffering a seizure.
But she was taken off a ventilator, and began to breathe on her own, the following day.
Why does she need cannabis oil?
Parents Darren and Danielle have said cannabis oil relieves her symptoms.
They said Sophia was previously treated with the oil on a trip to the Netherlands.
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Her mum Danielle said: “How much more Sophia can take of this, I just don’t know.
“I am just praying she makes it through the night. I just hope she has enough fight in her to keep going.
“No parent wants to see their child like this, and there are so many other children like Sophia, something needs to be done, there has been too much stalling (around medicinal cannabis).”
They have applied for a licence to use it for treatment, and are waiting for a response.
The use of medicinal cannabis is currently strictly limited in the UK but this is being reviewed by the Home Office after a series of high profile cases.
What is cannabis oil and what is its health benefits?
Cannabis oil is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant by steam distillation.
A low-concentrate version of the oil is available to buy in the UK and is not illegal — but products are required to contain less than 0.05 per cent THC.
Cannabis oil can be beneficial in a variety of ways, from helping promote sleep to boosting appetite and reducing stress, anxiety and depression.
It is also said to have skincare benefits, such as preventing signs of ageing and protecting against eczema and psoriasis, so can also be applied to the surface of the skin.
Though research is limited, there is evidence to support the idea that medical marijuana, which contains the illegal compound THC, can alleviate some of the side-effects of cancer treatment including nausea during chemotherapy.
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